Site Description

Myers Allotment is now managed by Lancashire Butterfly Conservation. To find out more - click here.

 

Educational opportunities at Myers Allotment


Flora and Fauna

Flora

Areas of limestone grassland are well known for the variety of unusual plants, which grow there and flourish and Myers Allotment is no exception. There are a variety of plant habitats ranging from grassland to limestone pavement and to mature woodland. This is an ideal place to study plant colonisation and succession.

Quadrat survey

Have a look at information about some of the plants on the site

Measure and mark out an area one metre by one metre (a quadrat) Estimate the percentage of bare earth Count the number of different plant types (mosses, herbs, flowering plants, grasses, and sedges) Identify them using a wild flower / grass book and find the Latin name as well as the English or common names. Decide which is the most abundant plant in the quadrat. Measure the height of the plants. Which is the tallest and the shortest? Work out the average height. Try to estimate the percentage cover of each type of plant. Repeat this exercise in a number of different areas of Myers Allotment and compare the composition of the plant communities at different stages of succession. Try to give explanations of any differences. Do the following factors play a part in these differences: type of seed dispersal / vegetative propagation, soil type ands depth, shading, trampling, browsing by animals, moisture etc.?

Trees

A number of exercises can be conducted in the woodland areas:

Collect fallen leaves and draw the different shapes. Record the feel and colour of each leaf. Can you decide if they are deciduous or evergreen? Are there any seeds / berries on the ground which can be collected or still on the tree to help identification? Feel the bark and look at the colour. Take bark rubbings. Use these to identify the trees by looking them up in a tree identification book.

Have a look at information about some of the trees on the site

Use any seeds / berries to decide how the tree can spread, e.g. wind borne seeds, eaten by birds / animals, etc.

Trees can be used by man as a renewable resource either by felling and replanting or by coppicing. Explain what renewable means. What can the wood be used for?

Fauna

Have a look at information about some of the birds and animals on the site

Look very closely at a measure area of ground in different habitats - grassland, woodland, on logs and under leaf / bracken litter, etc. Look for small animals at ground level, amongst plants and on the underside of leaves. Record the finds in each area and try to explain any differences.

If you visit the site between April and September - watch out for butterflies. Try to identify any of the butterflies that you see. The site is notable for various rare fritillary butterflies.